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Gibraltar News September 17th 2012

Gibraltar News

New Court complex opens at the start of the legal year

The new Gibraltar Law Courts were officially opened on Friday by Justice Minister Gilbert Licudi, after the completion of the new magistrates building.  The new complex now houses two Magistrate’s courts, a Coroners court and four Supreme courts.  Nine additional staff have been recruited and the court complex has additional facilities including, disabled access, security facilities and new technology such as video links.  The other improvement that has been made is a new system for dating court applications, which will speed up notifications.    Mr Licudi said “All of these improvements represent a significant step forward in the administration of justice in Gibraltar.”    At the opening of the new legal year, praise was given to newly appointed QC’s and tributes were paid to Sir Alfred Vasquez and J E Triay QC, two senior members of the legal community who passed away earlier this year.   Sir Paul Kennedy, President of the Law Courts, Ricky Rhoda QC, Attorney General and Melo Triay, the Chairman of the Bar all marked the opening of the new legal year. Sir Paul Kennedy paid tribute to his predecessor, Sir Murray Stuart Smith and his contribution to Gibraltar’s justice system.  The morning started with the traditional Red Mass, held at the Cathedral of St Mary the Crowned.

The Mini Olympiad

The Royal Gibraltar Police held the annual Mini Olympiad this Saturday.  Each year the RGP promote a positive message to Gibraltar’s youngsters.  This year’s motto was “Live Life, Love Sport”, alongside this the RGP visit schools to encourage children to lead healthier lifestyles and not to become involved in drugs.  Over 600 children took part in a variety of sports including, basketball, netball and a gym display. There was also the opportunity to have a go in the RGP’s fast interceptor launch; I can tell you from experience, that this is a truly thrilling experience.  The day was finished off with a medal presentation at the closing ceremony.